Creating a Manifesto for The New Year

Every year I create a vision board, celebrate new beginnings with my family and wait on the New Year to come and usher in a plethora of blessings unto me. But this year I wanted to do something different. I’ve heard people choose a word or three and declare them the theme for the year. So this year I figured I’d do something similar. I’ve decided to create my 4 pillars of 2019.

When I began to reflect on 2018 and what it meant to me, I started to think of what I needed to move forward and live out my purpose. I couldn’t just focus on one thing. Truth is, I tried really hard to use one word to describe my theme for the year and that just didn’t work out for me. Instead, I got four.

The four words that came to me are: identity, community, discipline and fearless.

My intent is for my 4 pillars to act as a checks and balance system for me. It’s kind of like my personal “mission statement” or “10 commandments” for the year. For every opportunity, person, though or idea that comes into my life, I will run them through my 4 pillars to see if it aligns with the vision I’ve been given for my life. I’ve developed a written version of my 4 pillars that I say to myself when making a decision.

Identity. Am I being true to who I am at my core? (Don’t think about what others will say. Do you.) Does this feel right? Does it resonate with me? Am I in alignment with my purpose?

Community. Will this benefit the collective now or in the future? Is this going to push the collective forward? Will you be building a larger community? Will this enhance the community vibration or take away from it?

Discipline. What habits must you develop for this to work? Can this be integrated into your life without messing up shit? If you do this daily, what will be the end result? Are you committed to this?

Fearless. Have you done this before? What’s more fearful than this? Did you survive? Does this scare the shit out of you? Yes? Then good, do it. No? Then what are you doing it for?  Will this knock you off of your block? Will you be able to bounce back from this? Will this experience make you a better person for the journey/collective? Will you die?

It may seem like a long process, but think of how long we actually spend wasting time on social media. What if we actually spent time making decisions about the things we’re trying to avoid. Because, we all know that’s the real reason we scroll all day. Avoidance.

If you have a theme for the year, share it with me. If you haven’t and want to create your own pillars for 2019 the do your thing and tell me what you come up with. It can’t hurt. I strongly believe that no matter what method we use to better ourselves, the intent behind the method is what sends things into motion. That and some action.